raindrops on a fern
Weather

It’s been raining a lot in Costa Rica lately, and it won’t stop anytime soon. The National Emergency Commission released this statement this morning: The IMN (Instituto Meteorológico Nacional) is following a low-pressure system that is around 500 kilometers (310 miles) off the northern Pacific coast of our country. Current

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poas eruption
Volcanoes

Poás Volcano, located on the western edge of the Central Valley, erupted in a plume of steam last night, with emanations continuing throughout the morning. According to Eliécer Duarte, a volcanologist at the National Volcanological and Seismological Observatory (OVSICORI) the volcano’s activity “has been quite accelerated in terms of the

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News

I know we’re a day late on the May the 4th be with you stuff, but this morning we were walking through Barrio Aranjuez, just northeast of downtown San José, when we saw the above sign. Nice chalk art, and we appreciate the little play on words with Yoda selling

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Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica.
Culture

Travel through the physical and cultural landscapes of San Carlos in this video. San Carlos, which Ticos call the Northern Zone of Costa Rica, is home to the tourist mecca of La Fortuna. But the region has much more than the admittedly impressive volcanoes, waterfalls, and hot springs. Before tourists

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gravity falls adventure tour costa rica
Adventure

Quietly strolling down a paved trail is all fine and dandy, but if you want to dive head-first into Costa Rica’s untamed countryside, you’ll have to move off the beaten path. Desafio Adventure Company, based in La Fortuna, runs what it bills as “Costa Rica’s most extreme tour.” Does it

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irazu volcano crater and view
Costa Rica Day TripsVolcanoes

Looming over the east side of San José, Volcán Irazú pokes its head neatly through the clouds. Since Poás Volcano’s rough awakening earlier this month, and the continual flow of ash and gas spewing from the peak of Turrialba, Irazú claims the title of the only remaining active volcano that

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barrendero municipal san jose
City Living

May 1st is El día del trabajador, or Worker’s Day, in Costa Rica. Most businesses outside of essential services and tourism will be closed. Costa Rica has a long tradition of honoring workers. The country adopted Worker’s Day as a national holiday in 1913, and today no worker is obligated

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Volcanoes

The National Emergency Commission (in Spanish, CNE) has shared the infographic above so that people can take precautions if they are in an area with falling ash. Currently there are two active volcanoes in the Central Valley, where most of Costa Rica’s population resides: Turrialba and Poás. Below is a

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downtown san jose costa rica
City Living

For years, San José has been a purgatory for backpackers and travelers alike: a necessary layover on route to Costa Rica’s sunnier destinations. It’s true that “Chepe,” as the city is affectionately known, can appear hectic and intimidating at first, and its gritty stereotype keeps even the more experienced travelers

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Tourism

The tourism industry is constantly changing, and in Costa Rica, that means rapidly developing in order to fit the needs of the increasing number of tourists that arrive every year. Travelers and tourists across the globe are looking for variety: ecotourism is booming and adventure and educational packages are on

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